Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Dorothy Iris Mintern: 1922-2016

DOROTHY MINTERN, beloved wife of Gordon, passed away on Monday, February 29 at the Royal Berkshire

DOROTHY MINTERN, beloved wife of Gordon, passed away on Monday, February 29 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

She was the loving mother and mother-in-law of Karen and Jake (Canada), Ian and Susan (UK) and Ann and John (Canada).

A devoted grandmother to Karen, Stephen, Gareth, Simon, Nathalie, Christopher, James and Caroline, she also doted on her 10 great grandchildren.

Dorothy and Gordon first arrived in Henley in November 1966.

They took over the management of the Regal Cinema until it closed in 1986, including organising the annual Henley Midnight Matinée.

For almost 50 years, the couple voluntarily hosted the well-liked Sunday afternoon organ concerts, initially at the cinema and, when that closed, at  Henley town hall.

Their love of organ music brought many high-profile organists to Henley to entertain the public, one of the first being the famous British theatre organist, Reginald Dixon, from the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool.

Dorothy formerly served as the Inner Wheel president and secretary. She also volunteered her services for many years at the Cancer Research UK shop on Duke Street and for Muscular Dystrophy.

She was a parishioner at Christ Church in Reading Road, Henley. Dorothy loved her annual visits to see her family in Europe and Toronto, one of her most memorable trips being a houseboat holiday in Ontario.

She will be sorely missed by Gordon and all her loving family and friends.

Gordon and the family would like to thank the medical staff and carers at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and the Lyndhurst Residential Home in Goring for the care provided to Dorothy. It was greatly appreciated.

The funeral will be held at 11.15am on Tuesday, March 22 at Reading Crematorium, 55 All Hollows Road, Caversham, RG4 5LP.

Family flowers only please. Donations can be made to the Henley day centre, Market Place, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2AA directly or via Tomalin & Sons, funeral directors, 38 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1AD.

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